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Published: 06/6/10

Two New Jersey Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges Before Boarding Flight

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Two New Jersey Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges Before Boarding Flight

Teams of state and federal law enforcement agents on Saturday arrested two northern New Jersey men at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport before they boarded separate flights to Egypt allegedly as a first stop on their way to Somalia where they planned to link up a with a group tied to al Qaeda, according to reports in the Newark Star Ledger and New York Daily News. The men were identified as Mohamed Hamou Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, and Carlos Eduardo "Omar" Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the two had been under investigation since 2006 and...

Published: 05/23/10

Yemeni Cleric Advocates Killing US Civilians

By  not in system - AOL News
Yemeni Cleric Advocates Killing US Civilians

CAIRO (May 23) -- An American-Yemeni cleric whose Internet sermons are believed to have helped inspire attacks on the U.S. has advocated the killing of American civilians in an al-Qaida video released Sunday. Anwar al-Awlaki has been singled out by U.S. officials as a key terrorist threat and has been added to the CIA's list of targets for assassination despite his American citizenship. He is of particular concern because he is one of the few English-speaking radical clerics able to explain to young Muslims in America and other Western countries the philosophy of violent jihad. Muhammad ud-D...

Published: 02/7/10

Hillary Clinton Says al-Qaeda Groups Pose Bigger Threat Than Iran or North Korea

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Hillary Clinton Says al-Qaeda Groups Pose Bigger Threat Than Iran or North Korea

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday that while North Korea and Iran are the nations that pose the biggest security threat to the U.S. because of their pursuit of nuclear weapons, the greater danger is from the "transnational, non-state networks" of al-Qaeda branches around the world. Asked on CNN's State of the Union to name the country that is most dangerous to the U.S., Clinton said, "In terms of a country, obviously a nuclear-armed country like North Korea or Iran pose both a real or a potential threat." Clinton said attempts to engage with North Korea had "brought us a lot in ...

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Published: 01/19/10

Smart Bombers: Do Universities Breed Terrorists?

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Smart Bombers: Do Universities Breed Terrorists?

LONDON -- In the aftermath of the Christmas Day bombing attempt, our nation is once again grappling with how best to protect itself against terrorist attacks. So far, the U.S. government has been directing its resources towards things like airport security and strengthening the government in Yemen, a new hotbed for al-Qaeda. But it's worth asking whether we'd be better served by focusing on what goes on inside universities....

Published: 01/1/10

Nigerian Had Contact With Radical Cleric, Official Says

By  not in system - AOL News
Nigerian Had Contact With Radical Cleric, Official Says

WASHINGTON (Dec. 31) -- Terror suspect Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab appears to have had direct contacts with radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. counterterrorism official told CNN Thursday. The official could not say more about the contacts, their frequency or timing. Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, has said he believes there is a connection between AbdulMutallab, who is accused of trying to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas Day, and the American-born cleric. Officials are evaluating whether al-Awlaki ...

Published: 11/20/09

Primary Sources: Maj. Nidal Hasan

By  Steve Pendlebury - AOL News
Primary Sources: Maj. Nidal Hasan

As investigators dig for clues about what led to the Fort Hood massacre, bits and pieces of the suspect's life are available online for all to see. Taken together, they present a strange and chilling portrait of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. AP Maj. Nidal Hasan's business card. (Nov. 20) -- The Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 colleagues had business cards with "SoA(SWT)" printed below his name. SoA stands for "Soldier of Allah" and is an acronym commonly used among jihadists, according to terrorism experts. SWT is shorthand for "Subhanahu Wa Ta'all," an Islamic Arabic phrase glorifyin...

Published: 11/12/09

6 Red Flags in Fort Hood Case

By  Steve Pendlebury - AOL News
6 Red Flags in Fort Hood Case

(Nov. 12) -- Hindsight is always 20/20, especially as investigators and reporters try to connect the dots following a tragedy as stunning as the Fort Hood massacre. In the week since the attack that left 13 dead, these possible warning signs about Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with killing his fellow soldiers, have come to light. 1. Colleagues and patients complained about his religious proselytizing Hasan, who was about to be sent to Afghanistan, frequently claimed that the U.S. was waging war on Islam and argued that Muslims should not be sent to kill fellow Muslims. "He ...

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